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Food can do that?
By AOL Food Editors

Did you know that milk and vinegar can nix stains,
butter can save your precious baubles, and common
starch gets you and your kids out of knotty problems?

Flu Fighters

Garlic

Chopping garlic releases allicin, a sulfer-containing compound that houses a potent antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from free radicals that can damage them, making it harder for cells to fight disease. Suggestions: add fresh garlic to sautéed vegetables or chop raw garlic and add it to buttered toast. Garlic is a great flu fighter along with a few of the following items. See Sopa Seca recipe.

Yogurt and Kefir

Embracing certain kinds of bacteria can actually help your immune system. Yogurt (look for cartons that say they contain "live, active cultures") and kefir, a fermented milk drink made with kefir grains, all have probiotics or "good" bacteria.

In a recent study, probiotic bacteria was actually found to increase the body's immune response to viruses that cause common infections like colds and flus by boosting T-cell production. Yogurt is also high in vitamin D. A separate study found low levels of vitamin D to be associated with a heightened risk for respiratory infections like the flu.

Brazil Nuts

These large nuts are rich in zinc, a mineral known to improve the number of infection-fighting T-cells that also has antioxidant properties. Zinc deficiency has been linked to decreased response to vaccination and impaired immune cell function, especially in the elderly. But don't overdo it. A few of these provide enough zinc for the day.

Tea

Tea is rich in polyphenols, chemicals found in plant foods that act like antioxidants to protect cells. And while green and white teas are particularly potent, all teas will have some benefit. See Yogi Tea.

Lean Protein

Protein is important for tissue repair, proteins like white meat chicken, low-fat cheese, cottage cheese or bean-grain combinations like beans and rice. Low amounts of protein have been found to impair the immune system and have negative effects on T-cells. See recipes.

Citrus Fruits

Recommendations: pink grapefruits, oranges and mangoes, which are all rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, something our bodies don't produce or store on their own. Studies have shown it can decrease the duration of a cold or flu-like symptoms. See Inner Clean diet.

Household Aids

Aspartame

Some consumers report that they use this artificial sweetener, obtained at restaurants for free, i.e., 'Splenda,' 'Nutra Sweet,' 'Equal,' 'Spoonful,' etc., as cheap insecticides around their homes. Bugs eat it and die. We've used it and it works! See Aspartame.

Peanut Butter

To get gum out of a carpet, scrape up what you can, using an ice cub to stiffen it if necessary. Then rub a small glob of peanut butter into the fibers, and wipe up the whole mess with a cloth. To get rid of any left-behind PB, just dab it up with a mixture of 1 tsp of dishwashing liquid in 1 cup of lukewarm water. It's also great to get gum out of your hair.

Corn Starch

If your tiny tot has diaper rash, sprinkle the area with corn starch -- it's a tushy saver!
Your child just learned how to tie their shoes and the knots are impossible to undo. Stay calm and sprinkle a little cornstarch on the laces to help you work out the knot.

Vanilla Bean

Don't just throw out the whole bean after you've scraped out the inside -- it's still fragrant with vanilla flavor. Stick it in the filter of the coffeemaker and enjoy the vanilla-flavor of your next brew.

Vinegar

Most people know that vinegar is a great way to clean a coffee pot. What to do with the hot vinegar afterward? Pour it on weeds. White vinegar is an herbicide, while boiling water also kills weeds.

Worcestershire Sauce

Use a soft cloth to rub Worcestershire sauce on silverware (or any silver for that matter), then rinse and dry. They will look brand new!

Bread

Put slices of bread in the bags and jars of cookies and other baked goods to keep the goodies fresh. Great for holiday baking and shipping.

Next time you drop a wine glass or break a plate, grab a slice of bread to help you clean up. After you pick up the larger pieces, press the bread over the area and it will pick up all the itty bitty pieces you can't see. Bread can also help clean fingerprints off walls and wallpaper. Just rub and voila!

Beer

Soak your hair in beer, and go lay out in the sun to pull out some great highlights. Make sure to shampoo afterwards, or you'll end up smelling like a brewery!

Garlic

If you get a splinter, rub some garlic on it -- the splinter will almost jump out for you! In the old days, carpenters used to always carry garlic in their pouches for this reason.

Bay Leaf

The fragrant leaves can be spread around in garden beds to deter insects, including those cute but pesky ladybugs.

Coca-Cola

Pour Coca-Cola over corrosion on car battery and it will eat right through it.

Grits

Uncooked grits are an excellent and inexpensive way to get rid of ants. Cover a mound of ants outside or sprinkle inside along shelves or walls where ants are a problem. Grits are environmentally safe and are not harmful to pets or children like other insecticides.

Lemons

Lemon is also great as a hair lightener. Just squeeze it in your hair and lie out in the sun. It's better than using artificial hair dyes!

Dandruff can be an embarrassing health problem, but the special shampoo often smells yucky. Try massaging 2 tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp and rinsing with warm water. Follow with a leave-in rinse of 1 teaspoon lemon juice in 1 cup of warm water. Use this daily until your scalp is healed.

Milk

Oh no! You forgot to put the cap on your pen and now there is ink seeping into your shirt. No worries -- just grab some milk and soak the area. Depending on the type of ink, this process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to 24 hours. Patience is a virtue.

Pepper

Everyone knows Clorox's catchy ditty about keeping clothes bright, but all you need is pepper. Add a teaspoon of pepper to the wash before you add in your clothes and it will keep the colors from fading.

Sugar

At your next BBQ don't spend money on anti-pest candles that never work. Simmer 2 cups of milk, a 1/4 pound of sugar and 2 oz. of ground black pepper for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour the mixture into bowls and put them where the flies will be attracted to them and then drown. You can also place around the house. No more buzzzzzing at the windows. See Sugar Is A Four Letter Word.

Soda

Next time your drain is clogged and you don't have time to run to the store for some Drain-O just look in your fridge! A 2-liter bottle of soda will do the trick. Just pour it down to clobber the clog.

Shortening


For a natural solution to diaper rash, try coating the area with a thin layer of shortening. It will act as a moisturizer.

Salt

Grease stains can be a huge pain when it comes to doing laundry. Before you wash, work a generous amount of table salt into the stain and then launder as usual.

Potatoes

Too much to drink last night and now you have puffy eyes? Apply a thin slice of cold potato to your eyes and leave on for five minutes. Then splash with cool water, put on your makeup (or just some moisturizer -- this means you, too, guys!) and head to work!

Oranges

Don't you hate it when you have to start a fire and little bits of newspaper are flying everywhere? Next time, air-dry orange peels, which contain flammable oils that burn longer, and use those instead of the paper. The delicious smell is a bonus.

Olive Oil

Does it seem like nothing is working for your bad skin? Use 4 tablespoons of salt and 3 tablespoons of olive oil to create a paste. Leave it on your face for 2 minutes and rinse with warm water. Then wash your face as normal. Use every day for a week and then cut back to 3 days a week and you should notice an improvement.

Mustard

It may make you smell like a hot dog, but rubbing a thin layer of mustard over your chest and covering with a hot towel can relieve a stuffy head and chest.

Mayonnaise

It's one thing when your child draws on the wall with crayons, it's quite another when it comes to your wood furniture. Rub some mayonnaise on the crayon mark and let it soak for ten minutes. Then take a damp cloth and wipeaway the mayo AND the crayon!

Flour

You have an ant problem but are worried about the poisonous ant traps around your pets. Just sprinkle flour wherever you see ants entering the house and along the pantry shelves, since they are most likely after your food.

Eggs

No time to hit the salon before your big event? Get your hair super shiny and conditioned with eggs! Take two beaten egg yolks and massage into hair. Start at the scalp and work in small sections. Then gather all of the hair in a shower cap, wrap in a warm towel and wait 30 minutes (you could cook the kids' dinner). Rinse with cool water and shampoo as usual.

Club Soda

There's no more worrying about drinking red wine on white carpet. Soak up as much wine as possible and then pour club soda over the area, making sure to blot and not rub. Repeat the process until the wine is no longer visible. You can also do the same for urine stains.

Castor Oil

While most of us associate castor oil with constipation or childbirth, did you know it can also help get rid of pesky moles in your yard? Just mix a 1/2 cup of castor oil with two gallons of water and pour the mixture down the mole(s) hole(s). Don't worry, the solution is animal friendly and they will likely relocate.

Butter

A jewelry box can help you organize, but sometimes those thin-chained necklaces just want to get tangled and you can't stop them! Rub some butter into the knot and lay on a flat surface. Then take a sewing needle to untangle. When finished just run under hot water to rinse off the butter.

Bananas

Before you throw your banana peel in the compost pile, remove any stringy pulp and use the peel as a buffer. This works with silverware as well as leather shoes and leather furniture. Just rub the peel over the object and buffwith a soft cloth. Be sure to test a small section of your furniture first!

Apples

Sick of waiting for your green tomatoes to ripen on the windowsill? Stick up to five tomatoes in a brown paper bag with a ripe apple and seal for a few days. This will speed up the ripening process.

Now you know!

 

      


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